President Bush Disappointed by Iranian Rejection of Nuclear OfferBy VOA News
14 June 2008

US President George Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in ParisU.S. President George Bush has expressed disappointment with Iran's rejection of the international package of incentives aimed at halting its nuclear program.

Speaking after talks in Paris Saturday with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr. Bush called this a sign to the people of Iran that their leaders are willing to isolate them further. Mr. Sarkozy stressed that the Iranian people deserve better than the impasse into which their leaders are taking them.

Mr. Bush also urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to halt cooperation with Iran and stop harboring terrorists. He expressed strong backing for creation of a Palestinian state and urged the Syrian leader to help the process.

The two presidents said they also discussed world economic issues, climate change and the situation in Darfur.

Later Saturday, Mr. Bush was scheduled to lay a wreath at an American cemetery for fallen soldiers in Paris and host a dinner for Mr. Sarkozy.

In a speech in Paris Friday to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Mr. Bush urged European leaders to work closer with the United States to keep terrorists out of Afghanistan.

Mr. Bush is calling his trip an official farewell tour of Europe. He arrived in France Friday from Italy and will also stop in Britain and Northern Ireland before heading home. The president also visited Germany earlier this week and attended the annual U.S.-European Union summit in Slovenia.

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